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Giant TCR Carbon OR C-Dale CAAD9

Old 11-10-08, 04:06 PM
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Giant TCR Carbon OR C-Dale CAAD9

Which would you race and why (or why not)?

Giant TCR Carbon or a Cannondale CAAD9
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Old 11-10-08, 04:06 PM
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what kind of a race?
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Old 11-10-08, 04:09 PM
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road races, crits, and the occasional downhill slalom course.

Ok ok, just the first two.
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Old 11-10-08, 04:13 PM
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I hear from most people aluminum is great for crits. Road racing, I might tend more toward the Giant.
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I will do about 50/50 road races and crits...
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aluminum is better for crits because it's (comparatively) cheap enough to replace.

cannondales are great frames. so are tcr comps.
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Since you're doing 50/50, just get both
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CAAD9 due to replacement price.

If you could afford to replace the TCR frame, get that one instead if you like it more.
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Dude....I LOVE my TCR in crits and road races. I have a cheap aluminum frame for crits that I rode once. Got back to my car and saw the TCR hangin on the rack on the back and instantly thought, "you dumbass - why didn't you ride the bike you prefer." Been racing the TCR ever since.

....and I can not afford to replace the TCR frame right now.

I figure if something bad happens I will either get a team discount Issac from my team's shop, or end up racing my AL bike until I can afford to replace the Giant.

BTW - I have put it through hell and back and it just keeps ticking.
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I have been debating this for the past week and just ordered the TCR Advanced 2 today. EEP!
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Dude....I LOVE my TCR in crits and road races. I have a cheap aluminum frame for crits that I rode once. Got back to my car and saw the TCR hangin on the rack on the back and instantly thought, "you dumbass - why didn't you ride the bike you prefer."
I had a friend that was in exactly the same boat. The Giant ended up in 4 seperate pieces. He crits his AL bike exclusively, now.
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Originally Posted by procrit View Post
Which would you race and why (or why not)?

Giant TCR Carbon or a Cannondale CAAD9
Already have good wheels?
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Cannondale, just for the cost of replacement. I love my CAAD8.
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there's definitely wisdom in th adage don't race what you can't replace.

But CF doesn't always just explode. I crashed my TCR in its first race without any damage to the frame.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
there's definitely wisdom in th adage don't race what you can't replace.

But CF doesn't always just explode. I crashed my TCR in its first race without any damage to the frame.
Are you sure?
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Are you sure?
What does an aluminum rig that got rammed by a garage door have to do with someone laying a carbon fibre rig down in a crit?
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Are you sure?
Given that the bike has 10,000 miles on it since then, I'm thinking it's probably ok
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
What does an aluminum rig that got rammed by a garage door have to do with someone laying a carbon fibre rig down in a crit?
His steerer tube broke because he crashed and kept riding the bike. The crash caused a hairline crack (guess) that got worse as he kept riding it.

Thus the headtube separated. Crash caused Al frame to break (eventually).
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I had a friend that was in exactly the same boat. The Giant ended up in 4 seperate pieces. He crits his AL bike exclusively, now.
Yeah..I'll change it out by the time I upgrade. Around here it's the 3's that seem to be the ones getting in wrecks instead of the 4's or 5's.
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His steerer tube broke because he crashed and kept riding the bike. The crash caused a hairline crack (guess) that got worse as he kept riding it.

Thus the headtube separated. Crash caused Al frame to break (eventually).
AL is a ***** for fatigue failures.
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CAAD9...everytime...

My Ridley is a bit sharper-edged than my CAAD9, but it's also 6x more expensive. All that needs to be done to make a CAAD9 more responsive is a fork change. An Ouzo Pro fork wakes up any Cannondale alu frame.
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Went with the CAAD9 just for cost savings. If I don't like it over the winter I'm getting a TCR though.

Rizz I have decent wheels... Easton EA90 Aero's for races, Mavic Open Pro's, and soon to be another set of mavic open pro's with a powertap setup.
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I have had the same conversation with myself, and I think I'm going TCR due to the geo.
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